Sun salute with Anuya
Occasionally, I do a sun salute set with her: a breathless pace, but we feel upbeat and never tired at the end of it... A few students are like that, who love surya namaskar(Sonya too:), and Anuya is one such... A fast-paced surya namaskar, where each pose is completed and held well, actually makes u feel very centered and calm.. The movement stills and silences a darting mind...
Yes, that is I in the eka hasta bhujasana. I realise that it would be a more perfect pose if the bent leg is thrown higher up the shoulder. And the stretched out leg is far higher than it is now. It should practically point up, man!
What u need for this pose?
- Core strength... I always wondered what that is, but whatever that is, is what u need:)
- Arm strength, obviously.
- But the most important muscle that comes into play, the top whaddyacallem thigh muscle.. It goes into a taut lock and u can feel the intensity of that as it lifts the leg up. off the ground..
- What could help u get into the pose: navkasana or boat pose. A rather sharp V, should help, since the thigh and core come into play here also. The thigh needs to be trained to hold u up..
- Also, u will find that one side u may not be able to hold up longer ... so many imbalances though u keep cleaning them up... there is no end in sight, on the road towards perfection and harmony!! So the difficulty could mean either a weaker arm or thigh...and if u can identify it, seek to strengthen it... with side crow, maybe.